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-- predecessors. now we have the draw down in iraq. and surge recovery, in afghanistan, this year. and phased draw down there after. can you give tuesday what your best protections are as to when we will see a more positive readiness trend in light of the draw down that is currently under way?
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>> thank you, chairman. from the army's perspective. we are already beginning to see that as the tempo as we have come out of iraq, certainly we have more opportunities to train at home station. we are taking advantage of those opportunities. again, as we retrograde our equipment and put that equipment through reset, more equipment is being, being made available. so, we all already beginning to reap some of the benefits of the slow down. and as you know, i was -- the guy at the-- the very end there, in iraq, who was -- charged with overseeing that, that reposturing effort, and i can tell you -- that -- that was very well done. and, and -- and magnificent job by our joint force to do that. but as we -- as general dunford and i have both pointed out it will take two to three years
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beyond the complete retrograde of our equipment, out of afghanistan to reset the equipme equipment. and the funding to do so and any help you could do so in doing it. >> madam chair, as you pointed out. there is really three components. the training piece. the people piece. and the quinn piece. we will begin as we have started to recover forces from afghanistan our deployment has expanded. we are at a point where our squadrons and battalions were deploying seven months, home for seven months and redeploying. it is 11 to 14 months between deployments. that has helped us on the training side. as you recover, the force, will start filling personnel gaps we have had. and before you actually start to
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see increase readiness reporting from our moments of home station is going to be the equipment piece. that's two to three years from the time the equipment actually gets home, not from the time the units redeploy. our best estimate right now, based on 2014 draw down from afghanistan would be, sometime around 2017 is when we would start to see significantly increased reporting. i mention that 67% of our units at home station were degraded readiness. really what i was referring to was c 3, c 4, scale of one to four. units report the lowest level of readiness in manning, training and equipment. so 61% of the units that report degraded readiness as a result of short falls. not only do we have to get the equipment homen't . we have to reset the equipment, going through depots or replacing equipment destroyed. procurement process. depot maintenance process.
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our best estimate is two to three years, not from the time the marines come home, from the time the equipment comes home from afghanistan. >> the navy and air force disagree with the two, two to three year assessment? or does that -- sound about right for from your perspectives also. >> madam chair, from our perspective, the force demand is different on the navy as we withdraw out of land campaigns. we have sustained training our forces through this ten year period? what you saw in the budget, we invested in training. we invested in depot maintenance. brought it up to 100%. we remain reliant on the funding and we see that it will take at least two to three years for a transition, perhaps longer for us to sustain readiness levels. >> madam chair, the difference for us, much as you saw, after we came out of desert storm one and desert two. immediately following a combat, a change in mission, like we are seeing in iraq now, the actual requirement for air forces goes
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up. in order to facilitate that retrograde, to cover with, kinetic fires and isr, reduce the risk for the ground combat soldiers and marines as they do that mission. and we are seeing that now. even as we are coming out of iraq, about three months ago. deployed fighter squadron was 8 1/2. it is up to 11 1/4 now. that's much what we expect. also, on the lift side of the house, especially if we do not get movement in the pac g-locks, as you know, much of the job of bringing home all the equipment that marines and army will need fall to the back of the air force to haul out. there will be a considerable amount of time, as the we affect this retrograde, especially if it is an increased by the air, before the air force will even beef gin begin its retrofit, refit. so our start time could be significantly different than what you heard from my co--
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compatriots. a year, year and a half through the training cycles we need. >> suns you touchince you touch problems on the border, back stback -- pakistan. let me go to the question. it is relevant to the draw down the we pull equipment, men, women out of afghanistan. it is obviously very important in terms of fuel costs. you know, we -- it its a huge bill that we i think people forget that nobody buys more fuel in the world than we do. and when it's expensive, it really is a gut punch to the budgets of our military. i know that we have to pay almost three times northe norma rate through the distribution network we typically expend going through pakistan. what effect is this closure
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going to have on -- on -- getting, getting equipment out. get everything out. we need to go out. and more importantly, on, getting the fuel in we need to, to continue to support the mission that we have ongoing in afghanistan? >> i will take that. first, all, in this current year, as you are aware, the reprise on fuel is going to cost us -- approximately $1.3 billion that was not in our original plan. that will be money we will have to find in other sources assuming you approve them inside of our budget. so fuel reprise is a big deal for us. second of all, if the pac g-lock do's not open and we cannot count on the flow that was planned for that, when we originally budgeted for our fuel for this next year, and now we
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have to increase the amount of fuel we use to -- to begin to fly out much of this retrograde by air. that will again be an unplanned bump up in the requirements for the air force. >> madam chair, i add one quick point to the points you made and the general made. goes back to the previous question -- when would we be reset to a high level of readiness. obviously the longer it takes to get our equipment out of afghanistan and northern distribution network would take longer to get our gear out, the longer it will take to restore. so in addition to implications of cost, factor of time is an issue. >> yeah, i think a lot of americans don't understand that the stresses with pakistan have many implications. not just the direct implication of are they our friend? are they our enemy? what exactly are they? and, who can we trust w

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